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Dec 1, 2012 6:00pm EST
, it was really quite a bloodbath of custers. he lost two of his brothers, a brother in law and a nephew. so the custer parents lost three of their children and the husband of a fourth in that battle. c-span: if you would have hired general custer and he was a colonel then, a lieutenant colonel, back in 1876, if he didn't meet his death, why would people have wanted to go hear him and pay money to hear him back in 1876? >> guest: oh, he was a historic figure. he had had tremendous achievement during the civil war, and in a way that seems to me to be breathtaking. for example, he captured the first enemy battle flag of the army of the potomac. and by the same token, at the end of the war, he received the flag of truce of general lee. so he was involved in these two moments of great symbolic, as well as historical, significance. and everything in between was a series of compelling victories for custer. he really did live the role of the romantic knight on a charger. there are many instances of his courageous behavior. for example, he saw a private shot and klled on the fighting line
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